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[05/11/06 - 12:00 AM]
Chris Daughtry Is Eliminated from the "American Idol" Competition

[via press release from FOX]

CHRIS DAUGHTRY IS ELIMINATED FROM THE "AMERICAN IDOL" COMPETITION

TOP 3 FINALISTS TO PERFORM THREE SONGS, INCLUDING ONE CHOSEN BY "HITMAKER" CLIVE DAVIS, ON NEXT WEEK'S "AMERICAN IDOL" PERFORMANCE SHOW TUESDAY, MAY 16, ON FOX The Final Two Will Be Revealed Wednesday, May 17, on FOX

The AMERICAN IDOL phenomenon continued as the Top 4 finalists each performed two songs originally recorded by Elvis Presley. Last night, on a dramatic results show, it was revealed that Chris Daughtry received the fewest votes after Tuesday's performance show, ending his quest to become the next American Idol. Daughtry, from McLeansville, NC, sang "Suspicious Minds" and "A Little Less Conversation."

Next week, the excitement builds when the Final Three � Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee and Elliott Yamin � compete head to head on the live AMERICAN IDOL performance show Tuesday, May 16 (8:00-9:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT). Each contestant will sing three songs � one selected by famed producer Clive Davis, one by the IDOL judges and one of his or her own choosing � on the season's penultimate performance show.

Tune in the following night to find out who will be in the season-finale showdown and who will go home on a special one-hour AMERICAN IDOL results show Wednesday, May 17 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Fourteen-time Emmy-nominated AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment, Ltd.; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Nigel Lythgoe, President, 19 Television; and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.

Go to AmericanIdol.com for all of your AMERICAN IDOL news. Check out photos from the different audition cities, along with special, behind-the-scenes information on AMERICAN IDOL. For photos of the finalists, please go to www.foxflash.com.





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